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Barbados Surfing Assn names Surfer of The Year winner


Surfer Of The Year

Barbados Surfing Assn
South Point, Barbados
14 - 15 February 2009

Barbados Surfing Assn names Surfer of The Year winner

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 February, 2009 : - - Jonathan Reece took top honours in the Open at the first event in the BSA's Surfer Of The Year series held last weekend at South Point. The Divisions contested were the Open, Junior Under 21 and Under 16 Boys, Ladies, Under-18 Girls, Senior Men (over 28 years), Masters (over 35 years), Under 12 Juniors, Menehunes and  Longboard.

Conditions were fair with waves in the 2 - 4 ft range allowing Jonathan to showcase his skill in the Open Division as he executed radical, controlled maneuvers to win from national Junior surfer Jordan Heaselgrave who was a close second.  Jake Corbin was third and Jack Clinton from Great Britain fourth.  The Ladies' Division was won by Chelsea Tuach while Ametza Nicholls was second, Chelsea Roett  third and Jade Niccolls fourth. Chelsea Tuach also took top honours in the Under - 18 Girls Division, while Chelsea Roett was second, Ametza Nicholls third and  Alyssa Fernandes fourth.

In the Under 21 Boys Division, outstanding junior surfer Lewis St. John was first, Stefan Corbin second, Lewis Clinton from Great Britain third and Jordan Heaselgrave fourth.  Jordan Heaselgrave went on to place first in the Under 16 Junior Boys Division while Danny Edghill was second, Gavin Fernandes third and Josh Burke fourth.

The Under 12 Division was won by Dane Mackie, Joshua Burke and Gavin Fernandes placed second and third respectively while Zander Venezia was fourth.  Che Allan won the Menehune (10 and under) Division, while Zander Venezia was second, Jacob Burke third and Andrew Rose fourth.

The Senior Men's Division was won by David Hoad, Christopher Clarke was second, Carlos Wharton third and Wayne Roett fourth.  In the Masters event, Alan Burke showed that he was still on top of his game by placing first while Wayne Roett was second, Kenny Tuach third and Gregory Rose fourth.

Alan Burke also won the Longboard Division, Jay Garrett was second,  Jordan Heaselgrave was third and Daniel Edghill fourth. The BSA would like to thank its sponsors, namely HIPAC ltd, Lazy Days, Williams Equipment, Sprite, L. E. Gibbs & Co. and WIBISCO for their support. Next week-end the Juniors fourteen years and under will be contesting the first contest of the Burkie Junior Championships at Freights.

The primary goal of the Burkies Junior surfing Championships is to host a series of events every year catering to Junior/beginner surfers 14 years and under, in an effort to expose this level of surfer to competition as early in their career as possible, with the ultimate goal of providing a stepping stone in creating a WORLD CLASS SURFER.

Without the assistance of Lynch Insurance Brokers this would not be possible. Four events will be held in suitable locations, contested in surf no larger than 3ft on the south coast in 2009,  each carrying a title sponsor.

-  Feb 21st Freights Bay (sponsored by Lynch Insurance Brokers)
-  Mar28th South Pt.(available)
-  July 25th Surfers Pt (available)
-  Nov 14th South pt (available)

The "Freights Event" will be the first time an event will beheld there since the mid 60's which was organized by David "Freight" Allan after whom the surf spot is named. These Championships have been sanctioned by the Barbados Surfing Association and "Surfer of the Year" points will be awarded and an overall SOTY champion for each division will be awarded at the Barbados Surfing Association's SOTY Awards banquet.

The Divisions to be contested are 14 and under, Under-12 and 10-under.  All surfers must be members of the Barbados Surfing Association (the Membership fee is $50 for 1 year or $80 for 2 years).  The Entry fee for each Division is $15 plus $5 for each additional division  Entries close on the beach at 8.30am and the event will begin at 9 am sharp.  Boards and assistance will be provided for kids in need by "Burkies Surf school".

Special awards will be given to the most outstanding surfer for the year and will be crowned "The Burkie Junior Surfing Champion"   This surfer will not necessarily be the winner of any division.  It will be based on a combination of  overall performance, effort and attitude.  Other awards will be "Most Improved", "Most Effort" and Most Fun".

We look forward to your support as these events are being introduce to assist and help fast track the learning process of our children

On February 28th the BSA will be having the World Surfing Games Trials at either at Option 1 Sand Bank or Option 2 Longbeach.  The contests will start at 8:00 a.m.  Entries will close at 7:30 a.m. on the morning of the contest.

The Divisions to be contested are Open Men, Open women, Open Longboard and Open Bodyboard.  From the results a squad will be selected and the final Team for the WSG 2009 to be held in Costa Rica from July 31st to August 8th will be chosen by the Coaching Committee.  We look forward to your support of this event as out top surfers vie for a position on our National Surf Team.

Meanwhile, The Barbados Surfing Association will be sending five (5) Juniors to compete at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Salinas, Ecuador from March 28th to April 5th , 2009.  The team  comprises two (2) under 18 boys - Lewis St. John and Jordan Heaselgrave; one (1) under 16 boy -  Jordan Heaselgrave;  and three (3) under 18 girls - Chelsea Roett, Chelsea Tuach and Ametza Nicholls.. They  will be accompanied by Manager, Rachel Roett and Team Judge, Margot Tuach

Team members have all been training hard and are seeking to better their personal rankings and that of their country. Currently, Barbados is ranked 14th in the world, and this year's young, talented team is hoping to better
his ranking!

BSA Executive Committee: 
Carlos Wharton - President (231 1845)
Christopher Clarke - Vice-President (262 0842)
Margot Tuach - Secretary (231 0296)
Rachel Roett -  Treasurer (256 0079)

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